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EPA Begins Express Repeal of Clean Power Plan with Proposed Rule

On October 10, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Scott Pruitt, signed a draft proposed rule (Proposed Rule) that will repeal the Carbon…

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District Court Determines in Jemez River Adjudication that New Mexico Indian Pueblos Have No Aboriginal Water Rights

 On September 30, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order holding that the Pueblos of…

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Lawsuit Filed in U.S. District Court Seeks Determination that Colorado River Ecosystem is a ‘Person’ Capable of Possessing Water Rights

In a lawsuit filed on September 25, 2017, a U.S. District Court in Denver is being asked to rule that the “Colorado River Ecosystem” is…

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U.S. Senate Bill 1770 Addresses Federal Tribal Water Rights in Arizona

U.S. Senate Bill 1770 was introduced by Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and John McCain (R- AZ). The bill addresses the approval of the settlement of…

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First District Court Upholds CEQA Categorical Exemptions For Residential Project on San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill

The First District Court of Appeal, in an opinion issued on September 14 and ordered published on October 13, 2017, upheld the City and County…

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In Split Decision, Ninth Circuit Rejects Second Amendment Challenge to Local Ordinance Restricting Location of Gun Shops

Affirming the U.S. District Court’s dismissal for failure to state a claim, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on October 10, 2017, ruled that Alameda…

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U.S. Department Of The Interior Releases Its Report of DOI Bureau Actions that ‘Potentially Burden Domestic Energy’

On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released a report entitled, “Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially…

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California Assembly Bill 1505 Signed into Law by Governor Brown—Inclusionary Housing

Approved by the Governor and filed with the Secretary of State on September 29, 2017, Assembly Bill (AB) 1505 takes effect on January 1, 2018.…

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State Water Resources Control Board Releases Final Scientific Basis Report for Phase II Update of the Bay-Delta Plan

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is updating the Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary (Bay-Delta Plan). Currently,…

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State Water Resources Control Board Adopts Order on Long-Term Management of Salton Sea

The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) recently announced that it had accepted a “landmark” agreement defining the state’s commitment to restore and manage…

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